When you’re behind the wheel of a car, you are responsible for your actions. Many new teen drivers have crashes, and the consequences — both legal and personal — can be serious. You could kill someone, be killed or seriously injure yourself, loved ones or others. Doesn’t it make sense to be taught how to drive by a professional?
What Driver Education Teaches You
- How to identify and manage risk.
- The rules of the road, signs, signals and markings.
- Basic operation of a vehicle.
- Risk prevention techniques, how to handle emergencies and how to prevent distractions.
- Financial and legal responsibilities associated with driving.
Find a Driver Education Program That’s Right for You
- Help your parents research and identify schools in your area.
- Get recommendations from friends who have taken driver training, along with their parents.
- Talk to people about classroom vs. online classes.
- Check to see if driving schools use current training materials, have professional instructors and maintain clean classrooms and safe vehicles.
- Don’t settle for driving schools that advertise quick or easy programs — focus on quality.
New drivers must complete a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration approved Driver’s Education Course consisting of a minimum of 30-hours classroom instruction and 6-hours behind the wheel instruction training.
What to look for:
|Quality Driving Schools||Requirements for Schools Displaying the AAA Symbol|
|Require instructors to complete ongoing education.||Newer, well-maintained driver training cars.|
|Have reasonable student-teacher ratios.||Up-to-date training materials.|
|Are members of professional associations such as American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association and Driving School Association of the Americas.||Professionally trained instructors.|
|Want, encourage and facilitate parental involvement.||A record of good business practices.|
|Have a solid history of resolving complaints to their customers' satisfaction.||Discounts to AAA members.|
- Choosing a Driving School – Courses at driving schools are designed to teach new and teen drivers fundamental skills required to drive a motor vehicle. This printable guide has lots of tips about picking the right driving school. Be sure to share it with your parents.
- Becoming the New Driver in Your Family – This brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of being a safe driver.